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New seating options for students at Lubbock Cooper ISD

Cafe Style seating in classroom (Source: KCBD Video) Cafe Style seating in classroom (Source: KCBD Video)
Electronically raised lab desks (Source: KCBD Video) Electronically raised lab desks (Source: KCBD Video)
Standing desks in classroom (Source: KCBD Video) Standing desks in classroom (Source: KCBD Video)
Soft backless round chairs (Source: KCBD Video) Soft backless round chairs (Source: KCBD Video)
Standing desks in classroom  (Source: KCBD Video) Standing desks in classroom (Source: KCBD Video)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock-Cooper High School Students are being offered new seating options around their campus this week.

The district has moved 50 classrooms into their brand new $15 Million wing. The walking distance inside of the building is now one quarter of a mile!

The school can accommodate about 1,600 students for the 2016-2017 school year.

And there have been dig changes to the traditional classrooms. In some science rooms, with the push of this button, tables can go from a seated desk to a raised desk, so students can stand and learn.

LCISD Superintendent Keith Bryant says this helps students engage with the lesson. He says the variety of adaptations to the classroom are positive, and the district is excited to begin offering them. He says the increase in blood flow stimulates the brain.

"I call it flexibility, flexibility in the learning environment. From seating choices, to the way you sit on a chair or in a chair," Bryant said.

Research reveals that standing desks have a positive impact on the body mass index of the students who use them during teaching time.

Every standing table has a seating option, and educators hope students will choose what's best for their specific learning habits.

There are soft seating chairs without backs, similar to a bean-bag design - even classrooms with seating like you'd see in a cafe. Bryant refers to those as the "Starbucks chairs."

Bryant says the district is trying to meet the needs of a generation of students who are more active.

"They're used to moving around. There's a lot of differentiation."

When students are at home, "They lay on the couch, or lay on their bed, or prop themselves up or sit in a bean bag. We don't want to be too casual but we want to provide opportunities for what fits their learning style."

The community is invited to a dedication ceremony at Lubbock-Cooper High School on Sept. 6, as they formally unveil their new wing.

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